McGovern Heading To Cuba To Visit Castro
- Submitted by: manso
- Politics and Government
- 06 / 30 / 2011
Published: June 30, 2011, 11:44 AM. MITCHELL, SD - Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern is heading back to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro for the first time in nearly 17 years.
The 88-year-old McGovern says he wants to see Castro, whom he considers a friend, while the former Cuban president is still alive.
McGovern last visited Cuba in 1994, his seventh trip to the island nation since 1975.
McGovern called the United States' 49-year economic embargo against Cuba "stupid," and said travel restrictions to and from the communist country should be lifted.
McGovern plans to fly from Miami to Havana on Friday. He has a winter home in Florida.
McGovern served South Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 1963 to 1981, but is best known for his loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential race. 2011 Associated Press.